Force Motors is developing a new generation of Gurkha as per a report and it will make debut at the 2020 Auto Expo
Force Motors is working on an all-new generation of Gurkha SUV as the current model won’t meet the upcoming crash test and safety norms. Recently, the company has added several safety features like ABS, driver side airbags, speed warning alert, seat belt alert and rear parking sensors as the government has made it mandatory for all vehicles.
To meet the crash test, Force needs to work on the chassis and the body shell will be completely new as it will make the Gurkha safer than its outgoing model. The exterior design theme is likely to be aggressive and muscular as it is one of the USP of the current generation model. The changes will be carried forward to the interior also.
The new model will come with modern features like steering mounted control, new music system, power windows, new seats and the overall quality of materials used inside the cabin will be much better. Force might offer lots of accessories to improve off-roading as most of the owners are likely to take the model for various off-roading activities.
Force will also update the Mercedes Benz sourced 2.2 L diesel engine to meet the upcoming BSVI emission norms. This engine produces 140 PS of power at 3,800 rpm and 321 Nm of torque between 1,600 rpm and 2,400 rpm. The Gurkha also comes with a 2.5 L diesel engine but it produces just 86 PS and 320 Nm.
This engine might not make the cut as it is an old unit compared to the 2.2 L, which will increase the cost to meet the BSVI norms. The gearbox will be the same 5-speed unit from the current model and power will be sent to all four wheels. Force is expected to begin production of the new Gurkha in December 2019.
The launch of the new generation Gurkha is likely to take place at the 2020 Auto Expo. Mahindra is also planning to introduce the much awaited new Thar at the Auto Expo. The updated model will be priced slightly higher than the outgoing model and it will retain the same suspension setup from the current model along with locking differentials.